Yet another statistic to underscore the strength of field at the 2014 Shell Houston Open. A total of 17 competitors in this spring’s ...
HGA Academic Scholarship Recipients for 2014 (from left) Jacqueline Phung of Richmond Foster, Hailey Hollas of Richmond Travis, Atiyya Menifee of Houston Carver, Tony Ly of Pasadena Dobie, Martha Parra of Spring and Isaiah Carter of Aldine.
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- March 30, 2004
When Adam Scott won THE PLAYERS Championship last week, he became the youngest player to win on the PGA TOUR since -- Adam Scott at last year's Deutsche Bank Championship.
Bob Burns finished in a T10 last week at THE PLAYERS Championhip for
his first Top-10 finish since winning the 2002 Disney Golf Classic.
For the first time since 1998, the 18th hole at the TPC at Sawgrass was
not the hardest hole at THE PLAYERS Championship. That honor this year fell to the par-4 5th hole that played to a stroke average of 4.279. The 18th was actually fourth this year at 4.235.
With Adam Scott holding onto his third-round lead, that makes third-round leaders 10 for 12 this year on TOUR. Only Ernie Els at the Sony Open in Hawaii and Chad Campbell at the Bay Hill Invitational have come from behind on the final day to win.
Adam Scott will attempt this week in Atlanta to be the first player since David Duval in 1999 to win THE PLAYERS Championship and then win the following week.
Corey Pavin is showing signs of returning to his old form this season. He hasn't had a break-through week yet, but has made the cut in all six starts. He has three Top-20 finishes and has earned $313,025 -- just slightly less than he made in all of last year when he took home $358,911.
With his victory last week at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, Jimmy Walker set a new Nationwide Tour record for being the quickest to win twice in a season. Walker claimed his second title in only the fourth event of the year, topping the old mark set in 1990 by Dick Mast who won his second title of the year in the season's eighth event.
Mike Springer, who won the very first Nationwide Tour tournament back in 1990, finished in a T7 last week in Louisiana. It was his first Top-10 finish in a PGA TOUR co-sponsored event since he T8 at the 1999 Greater Hartford Open.
The Nationwide Tour will be well represented at next week's Masters Tournament with 23 former players earning invites.
The over-50 set was very impressive last week on the PGA TOUR with three players competing and making the cut at THE PLAYERS Championship. Jay Haas led the way finishing in a T6 while Craig Stadler T66 and Peter Jacobsen T80.
Just as the PGA TOUR has not had a multiple winner yet, neither has the Champions Tour. Through the first seven events of the year there have been seven different winners. Last year, it took 17 tournaments before Bruce Lietzke became the first multiple winner.